The best book events in NYC this week
Find the best public readings, author signings and book launches in New York this week
Q&A: Tracy K. Smith
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author turns to a new form in Ordinary Light, her revealing look back on her childhood and her mother’s death
The best NYC writing classes
Harness your inner Zadie Smith or Jonathan Lethem at these stellar writing workshops, for every type of writer on every type of budget
The most anticipated books of early 2015
It’s time to make some New Year’s resolutions, like planning to read loads of excellent literature in the year ahead (because you’ve already read all the best books of 2014, right?). To help, we’ve gathered up early 2015’s most exciting book releases, including new work from our favorite New York authors, thought-provoking nonfiction from an incomparable journalist and poetry, always poetry. Some big-hitting names also have books out soon, like Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in 10 years. But here, we’ve chosen to highlight some of the auspicious forthcoming books that are flying a little lower on the radar. We can’t wait to read them all.
Best book events in NYC: Critics' picks
The Poetry Brothel
Don’t miss the sexiest literary event in town when the Madame and Tennessee Pink mount a night of verse, burlesque and absinthe.
The Moth StorySLAM
Ten stories. Three teams of judges. One winner. The outrageously (and deservedly) popular storytelling series pits local yarn spinners against one another,...
Gilbert Sorrentino Birthday Tribute
You may not have heard of the award-winning but lesser-known Bay Ridge writer Gilbert Sorrentino, but odds are your favorite author has. So come see some of...
Party Like a Poet
Writers doing what they do best: reading and drinking. Snag a free grown-up beverage and see poets Cate Marvin, Wendy Xu, Sharon Olds and more.
New York's best bookstores and readings
Best bookstores in New York City
The independent bookshops on this list represent some of the best places to find
Best specialty bookstores in New York City
For literary fetishists who seek out the latest or just casual readers who are looking for a great play or the new crime novel
Best reading series in New York City
From fiction writers taking risks to sexy poets purring their verses, these are some of the best spots
Best storytelling shows in New York City
If there are indeed eight million stories in the Naked City, these shows represent the best way to eavesdrop on a few.
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LIVE from the NYPL
One of the city’s most prestigious and, simply, best talk and reading series returns for another brilliant season
To Kill a Mockingbird sequel
In what may be the biggest literary news of the 21st century so far, beloved one-hit wonder Harper Lee announced today that she will publish a second novel this summer, starring Scout Finch 20 years later
Interview: Shaun Usher
Letters of Note editor and author Shaun Usher reveals that the best way to study history is to read other people’s letters
Interview: Julia Cooke
The author and travel journalist shares her story about life in Cuba today, from the trade embargo to the espresso